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Anime masks worn for Japanese speed-dating sessions

26 November 2012 Last updated at 17:36 GMT

Shy singletons on the lookout for love in Japan now have a way of overcoming their fears of the speed-dating scene.

A town near Tokyo is holding sessions where 'otaku' - which roughly translates to 'geeks' in English - can hide behind masks of their favourite animated characters as they attempt to woo potential partners.

Tom Santorelli reports.